Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Carolyn Danz on May 11, 2001 and May 16, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project.
A Seattle native of Ashkenazic-German descent, Carolyn Danz grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. She was a lifelong member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the oldest Reform Congregation in the Pacific Northwest. Carolyn graduated in 1939 from the University of Washington with a BA in Fine Arts, married Jerry Taylor in 1940, and had two children. Jerry, diagnosed with MS early in their marriage, died in 1959. Carolyn supported her family by opening and running a dressmaking business. A skilled seamstress, she and her talented African American assistant, Maude, made beautiful clothing. Long after the business closed, Carolyn remained an avid sewer, needleworker, and award winning cross stitcher. She married Bill Danz in 1959. It was a second marriage for him, too, and their families blended easily. The couple enjoyed more than 50 years together. Passionate in her work on behalf of those in need, Carolyn served on the boards of many Jewish and civic organizations in Seattle. She had boundless energy and joy. Two of her many long standing interests were croquet and opera. She helped to found the Northwest Croquet Association, competed in U.S. tournaments, and supported the Lakeside Opera Guild for many years. Above all, she delighted in family and was a loving matriarch: this, her family felt, is what truly defined her. Carolyn died on March 27, 2012 at the age of 94.
Carolyn Danz photo: Credit Joan Roth. Joan Roth's website
In the early 2000s, the Jewish Women's Archive conducted oral history interviews with 30 Jewish women living in Baltimore and another 30 in Seattle. Born in the early decades of the 20th century, these women lived through decades of political, social, and economic upheaval, as well as dramatic changes in expectations and opportunities for women. Doctors and lawyers, teachers and saleswomen, judges and social workers, homemakers and community volunteers, the narrators represent a wide range of backgrounds, affiliations, and experiences of American Jewish women. To find out more and to see the online exhibits based on this project, visit Jewish Women's Archive/baltimore and Jewish Women's Archive/seattle
The complete audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive.
This project was made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Brenda Brown Lipitz Rever Foundation, and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc. In Baltimore, the project was a collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Maryland; in Seattle, with the Museum of History and Industry.